TEAMS maintenance downtime expected

The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable operators have issued an alert that users may experience downtime from 20th – 28th July 2016 due to scheduled preventative maintenance work.

During this time, customers are likely to experience slow internet speeds because of bandwidth constraints. TEAMS General Manager Joel Tanui said: “This planned cable reinforcement work is designed to increase security of the TEAMS cable against anchoring ships and external aggression.” The work has been timed to coincide with expansion work at the UAE Port of Fujairah.

It is estimated that the preventative maintenance works on the cable, including costs for temporary traffic restoration via other cables during the TEAMS outage, will be around $3 million (Kshs 300 million).

The East African Marine System (Teams) is a 5,000-km fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE. Teams was built at a cost of USD 130 million as a joint venture between the government of Kenya and Kenyan operators, who hold 85 percent shares and UAE-based operator Etisalat, with 15 percent.

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